Shooting People – schools and businesses

On an ITV camera course I was on a couple of years ago the point was made that the most common shooting situation was the interview. So what are the skills?

Shooting people being interviewed is one of the most fundamental activities of TV production.  Of course shooting people doesn’t only require technical skills – soft skills are vital.  How do you get someone to feel comfortable? How do you ask the most important questions in the right way?  There are many other considerations like appropriate locations and potential legal problems.  The technical aspects of shooting interviews include lighting, sound, angles and composition; use of cutaways and cut-ins.  There’s a huge amount of skill and planning required to get even a simple interview to look good.

I’ve been doing some edits on a promotion for the dating site Christian Connection.  This involved me shooting interviews solo with my Canon 5DMk2 camera.  The challenge of shooting solo was that I had to really concentrate on all aspects both soft and hard.  I’ve been quite pleased with the results, but mostly the learning.

In the schools I have been working with, interviewing workshops have been great ways of introducing this range of skills to children – planning, speaking and listening, photography, vocal performance and a whole lot more.

Since the activity of shooting interviews is such a rewarding and fundamental activity I’ve decide to focus much more on this and I’m actively looking for opportunities to explore this in both the schools work and the commercial work.  

So this really is a pitch to any schools, businesses or production companies who would like me to shoot some interviews or facilitate interview workshops.

Here you can down load a PDF of a few prompts for the preparation of a filmed interview.



88 million video requests

Over the last few weeks we have been retreating to the dining room. There, in the evenings, we have been lighting the fire and luxuriating on the sofas overlooking the snow laden garden. Our TV is in the lounge, a room which we have largely abandoned during the cold weather and as a consequence we have changed our TV viewing habits.

Instead of mindlessly switching on the TV we are now choosing what we really want to watch from iPlayer. The laptop goes on a coffee table and we watch at our convenience. I must say that the quality of the online TV experience is close enough to the old fashioned TV box.  And it's not just the laptop. My iPhone is being used more and more to watch TV, and in spite of the screen size the experience is pretty good.  And here is TV Catchup which offers live streaming of the main channels which works excellently with wireless on the iPhone. In the morning I usually prop up the phone in the kitchen to watch BBC News while I am making the toast.  iPhone is getting 88 million video requests a month. Staggering.

Here are the interesting facts via C21Media.net

The BBC iPlayer "Catch-up service" is averaging more than five million unique users a week – registering more than 88 million video requests a month. The service's most watched programme of the year was "Top Gear". The iPlayer is available on 20 devices and viewing differs on each platform. Mobile phone viewing peaks after 21.00 and again on Saturday and Sunday mornings. However, Computers still dominate iPlayer use, accounting for 86% of requests. 

The old box in the corner is probably feeling a bit insecure right now.